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|Tue, 02-08-2011 - 4:18pm|
Our 9-year-old son was varified as being "on the spectrum" last spring. We have had an IEP in place the last few years because of ADHD/learning disability varifications. Last year we decided to repeat third grade, since he would have another year to mature, plus he has a spring birthday and had always been one of the younger in his class. We are glad we did that, however, I think his teacher "expects" a bit more out of him this year since he's done the work already. I don't by any means want to hold him back or not push him to do his best. However, having said that, I feel like she tries to "normalize" him too much. For example, part of his IEP is that he can have 30 minutes/day in the resource room to get caught up, calm down, have a quiet place to work, etc. His teacher believes that if he needs this he is not using his time wisely. While that may be true, isn't that part of the reason to have the IEP and the quiet place in the first place. Yes, I want him to learn to cope, and yes, I want him to be able to participate in the classroom as much as possible. But lately he has been bringing home homework in practically every subject daily. I do want to say that she is overall a great teacher and does a wonderful job with Matthew. I think she has a good grasp of ADHD kids, but not so sure she does with Aspergers or really agrees with the varification of Aspergers. Any thoughts on how to handle this, or is her perspective right that he just needs to learn to cope with homework?